[Discussion with Bill Jones on Religion and Theological Reflections on Alex Haley’s Roots] (audio)

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Discussion following Bill Jones presentation

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Society for the Study of Black Religion Collection

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This recording features a discussion with Bill Jones on the definition of religion, originating from questions by Cornel West. Also included is a theological reflection on Alex Haley’s Roots.

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00:00:05 Audio begins with Bill Jones responding to questions from Cornel West.

00:00:41 He gives background information to three issues that Cornel West raised, the first being the definition of religion.

00:11:46 Unidentified man discusses soteriology as a centering principle of religion and asks a question about salvation.

00:24:09 Unidentified man talks about the lack of clarity in Bill Jones’ use of terms.

00:37:33 Question from a man identified as John about the role of myth.

00:45:16 Unidentified man reads from a manuscript on theological reflections of Alex Haley’s Roots.

01:05:48 Questions and comments.

01:27:36 Audio ends.


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